This is a comprehensive and fully documented study of Chinese
bureaucracy during the Han period, when many of the basic lines of
Chinese government practice were laid down. It is also more detailed and
wider in scope than similar works on other periods of Chinese history.
The book covers the time from 202 BC to AD 9 and from AD 25 to 189,
analysing and describing the central and local administrations, the
army, official salaries, civil service recruitment and power in
government. Professor Bielenstein translates all Chinese official titles
and includes alphabetical lists of these titles with their English and
Chinese equivalents. Thus his book will serve both as a description for
the names of offices at every level of government. The book will be of
interest to all scholars of Chinese history, as well as to experts in
other fields of institutional history, government and political science.